HTML shortcuts for beginners
  • chonakchonak
    Posts: 9,182
    Here are some tips submitted by forum users.
    (This post replaces the old list, which was not displaying correctly.)

    1. To display a picture already online:
    <img src=""/>

    2. To mark off someone else's text as a quotation, you can set it off with italic tags:
    <i>quoted text</i>

    3. To link to a web page or to a file that can be downloaded:
    <a href="http://www.yourhostingaddress/directory/filename.extension" target="_blank">download</a>

    Or: just post the web address for the target page, and let the forum software make it into a link automatically. Make sure to include the prefix "http://" or "https://" :

    4. To skip a line before and after text:
    <br/>your text here<br/>

    5. How to indent a lengthy quotation:

    <blockquote>Here's the quoted text.</blockquote>

    The result looks like this:
    Here's the quoted text.

    6. To show text in monospaced font (typewriter-style) in a yellow box:
    <pre>Here's the quoted text.</pre>

    The result looks like this:
    Here's the quoted text.

    7. To add lists:

    You want a bulleted list
    <li>Item one</li>
    <li>item two</li>
    <li>item three</li>

    You want a numbered list
    <li>Item one</li>
    <li>item two</li>
    <li>item three</li>

    Looks like:

    You want a bulleted list
    • Item one
    • item two
    • item three

    You want a numbered list
    1. Item one
    2. item two
    3. item three

    8. To share a YouTube video, just post the web page URL into your message. There was formerly a feature that would automatically convert the link to a video embedded in your message, but this stopped working. But it's no big deal: the forum software will automatically make the URL into a clickable link, and people can easily click on the link to view the video.

    If you type in the link as:

    it will appear as:

    9. To change the text color:

    <font color="red">This line is in red.</font>

    The result looks like this:
    This line is in red.

    10. How to insert a bold heading line:

    <h2>Here's the header line.</h2>

    The result looks like this:

    Here's the header line.

    If you want to choose the color of the header:

    <h2><font color="blue">This header is in blue.</font></h2>

    The result looks like this:

    This header is in blue.

    11. CSS and Javascript specifications are not supported.

    12. To change the background color behind your text:

    <table><tr><td bgcolor="lightblue">The background to this text is light blue.</td></tr></table>

    The result looks like this:
    The background to this text is light blue.

  • kenstb
    Posts: 369
    I am new to this forum. How do I post a "Thank You" to a contributor?
    [The header line above each comment is labeled with "Edit", "Delete", "Thanks", if you are on a desktop computer. Click on "Thanks" to add a message of thanks.--admin]
  • There is no HTML way to get slightly-amusing
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    because it's just character substitution. There are Web pages that do it for you, though, such as this one.
  • JesJes
    Posts: 576
    I tried making a heading in red but it came out as normal text but in red...
    [See above, item 10. --admin]
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
    Posts: 5,172
    <font size=4>Size 4 font.</font> produces
    Size 4 font.

    Here are some other sizes using the same scheme:
    Size 1 font.

    Size 2 font.

    Size 3 font.

    Size 4 font.

    Size 5 font.

    Size 6 font.

    Size 7 font.
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  • francis
    Posts: 10,709
    Christ Is Risen!

    tnx CHG
  • How do I search a specific topic on this forum? The general google search at the top of the page does not apply to this forum.
  • ServiamScores
    Posts: 2,781
    Spock, it most certainly does. Search for a term, and you'll notice that all the results start: ___________
  • a_f_hawkins
    Posts: 3,411
    "at the top of the page"
    it depends which page, and what you mean by "top"
    :- on the All Discussions page there is a search box at the top of the right hand column, "Enhanced by Google" - that box searches the forum.